Casting Off

Casting Off

Banter and insights from Esper’s cockpit from the followtheboat crew. Sailing oceans, traveling inland, meeting locals… find out what it’s like to live the cruising life, warts and all.


June 8, 2022 3 min
[S03E20] This is the last podcast for a while because we have a lot of miles ahead of us. We are sailing to a deadline (our visas will run out end July) so we will have few opportunities to relax or get on with editing over the next two months. So, to ease our workload, we are putting the podcasts on hold.

We hope to get the weekly vlogs out and published, but it will depend on our progress and connectivity as we travel these remo...

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[S03E19] “The happiness and highs of boat ownership and cruising do outweigh the unpleasant lows. But do the highs happen often enough to offset what feels like the many more lows, and do they make up for being away from friends, family and all life on land has to offer?” Shamus, followtheboat viewer

Can you guess what was almost everyone’s low?

“The sea calls to you or it doesn’t. Sailing beckons you. If you don’t love it, you’ll ...

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May 25, 2022 3 min
[SE03E19a] Do you know where we are right now? Clue: Search for SY Esper or use our MMSI number 235026188 with either of these websites:
Marine Traffic
Vessel Tracker

Comment with ONE of your sailing highs, and ONE of your lows for a chance to be in with a name check in the next podcast. We’re looking for comments from sailors, cruisers, wanna-be cruisers, old cruisers, new sailors… anyone with an opinion!

Send us a tweet to @f...

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[S03E18] “Life is about the journey, not the destination” is what we are always being told. But is it? Is the destination just as important? We chat about the idea that we should all be thinking about “the now” and stop focusing on goals. Maybe we should stop being so dogmatic, so binary about our choices. Isn’t life a little more blurred than that?

And what about travelers and cruisers? Do we have a different, more practical appro...

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[S03E17] What is the best thing about travel? What are your best travel moments, and what are your favourite travel memories? We are asked these questions often, and we always come up with the same answer: People.

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00:00 Our current anchorage
01:35 Send your comments on next week’s topic
02:34 Meeting new people is the best thing about travel
04:42 Life is grey, g...

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May 5, 2022 48 min
[S03E16] We have had some scary moments over the years, but are they the same as our biggest fears? We go through the top 5 worst things that have happened to us and take a look at what scares you most…

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00:00 Intro
01:25 Our most recent anchoring nightmare
03:38 Biggest Sailing Fears (poll results)
04:48 Our top 5 worst experiences + lessons learned
05:20 5-D...

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April 27, 2022 42 min
[S03E15] In this week’s chat, we take a look at your suggestions, are surprised how low down the list some items appear, but not at all surprised by the #1 item. Can you guess what came out top?

What’s the worst thing that can happen at sea? Send us a tweet…

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00:00 Intro
01:34 What’s essential and what’s a luxury?
03:55 Results of the poll
05:37 Do we agree with y...

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[S03E14] We put our cards on the table in this episode and talk about the friends we have lost over the years because of our decision to live on a boat and travel. And we are not the only ones this has happened to…

Don’t forget to tweet us what you wouldn’t be able to live without on a boat!

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00:00 What are YOUR Top 15 objects for boat life?
01:30 We are chattin...

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April 13, 2022 41 min
[S03E13] “Why not sail back to the UK to see family?” Lots of people ask us this question, so we explain the reason why we don’t do it here. And we discuss what home means to us.

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00:00 Can we sail back “home” to the UK?
05:35 How to find out where we are
09:11 Extending visas has been stressful
12:51 Malaysia has lost the faith of many cruisers
16:57 Nowhere to go was th...

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[S03E12] If you had a sailboat and were about to set off on passage, how would you determine the route and destination? How do you know where to go and what affects your decision?
In “WTF was that noise”, we still need YOUR help. No-one has come up with the definitive explanation…yet
DISCUSSION: Should spectacular remote destinations we visit like BohayDulang, Anambas and Mentawai Islands be developed for tourism? What do YOU think...

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